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Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Auction Art Experience Volunteer Intern

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Auction Art & Experience Volunteer Intern

The Auction Art & Experience Volunteer Intern works with the development team during our biggest fundraising event, the 2019 Benefit Art Auction happening on March 30, 2019. The auction is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the area’s contemporary arts scene while working directly with artists and art experience donors leading up to and through the auction. The Auction Art & Experience Volunteer Intern will gain first-hand experience producing a successful arts fundraiser and a broad range of exposure to all of the major functions of a nonprofit development team, with a focus on the auction and art experience procurement process, and large-scale event production. This position is supervised by the Annual Fund & Events Manager and works closely with the entire Development team, with occasional collaboration with the Communications team.

Time Commitment: 12-20 hours per week


• Assist with lead-up planning and event production for the 2019 Benefit Art Auction;
• Assist with art experience package procurement;
• Coordinate donation details;
• Assist with art storage logistics and art installation at the auction site;
• During the auction, supervise volunteer team responsible for packaging purchased art;
• Maintain and update multiple databases;
• Compile necessary materials to assist with catalogue printing, website production, and related power point presentations;
• Other special projects as assigned;
• Provide input on and support for new and ongoing projects per intern’s learning goals.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

• Ability to commit to a six-month internship with an average of 12-20 hours per week, with occasional evening availability;
• Must be available for the entirety of Auction day, March 30, 2019, with increased availability during Auction week, March 25 through 29, 2019.
• An interest in nonprofit development, a passion for Artist Trust’s mission, and commitment to racial equity work;
• Strong attention to detail and professional discretion;
• High-level customer service skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, database input and output, or willingness to learn;
• Proficiency in conducting online research and willingness to make cold calls;
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
• Positive and focused attitude, willingness to learn and ask questions, and good humor;
• Gallery and/or art installation experience, proficiency with basic graphic design, and/or confidence with the terms and language of contemporary visual art are pluses;
• Note: This internship is suited for aspiring nonprofit and/or development professionals seeking entry-level experience. Applicants need not be enrolled in or a graduate of a college degree program. Interns are not entitled to a job at the conclusion of their internship period and are not entitled to wages for their time.


• The Auction Art & Experience Volunteer Intern will be rewarded a $1,000 stipend after successful completion of a six-month internship (unless contracted through a university as a work-study student);
• Gain working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, event management systems, and Submittable;
• Experience in auction procurement and volunteer management;
• Opportunities to grow project management skills;
• Experience in planning and execution of special events;
• Networking opportunities in the arts and nonprofit sector;
• Observation of board and/or committee meetings, according to interest and availability;
• Build skills and knowledge of arts administration and nonprofit development;
• Broad exposure to diverse development skill set and responsibilities;
• Work with a knowledgeable and ambitious team of nonprofit professionals;
• A one-year Artist Trust membership;
• Free access to Artist Trust programs, workshops, and events during the internship;
• Professional mentorship from staff;
• A letter of recommendation/reference upon successful completion of the internship, by request.

To Apply:

Preference given to applications received by October 8, 2018, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preferred internship term is from November 15, 2018 through April 15, 2019.

Please email the following to with “Auction Art & Experience Volunteer Intern” in the subject line:
• Cover letter describing qualifications and what you will bring to the position;
• Professional resume;
• Three professional references with contact information.

Eligible media

All Disciplines, Artists with Disabilities, Arts-Related, Craft, Dance, Design, Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Film/Media Arts, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Public Art, Theater, Visual Arts, Non-Profit Orgs.